Many companies require proof of your name change before updating records. This helps safeguard your account. If you’re changing names from marriage then the only document you need to get started is your marriage certificate.
Handwritten or religious certificates issued on your wedding day may not always be accepted as they are missing certain security features that come with a government-issued marriage certificate. If you don’t have your official certificate you will likely need to order it.
England and Wales
All marriages are recorded by the local registry office in the county where you were married. Costs vary but expect to pay around £12. Search for your local registry at https://www.gov.uk/register-offices. You may find your local registry offers online certificate ordering. We recommend ordering at least 2 certificates so your name change isn’t held up where you’ve mailed your only certificate. The General Registry Office (GRO) can issue marriage certificates online.
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Apply to any local registrar’s office no matter where in Scotland your wedding was recorded. You may also order an official copy of your wedding certificate from the ScotlandsPeople website online or in person.
A single certificate costs £12 while ordering two or more at the same time costs £12 for the first and £10 for each additional copy. The priority service costs £15 per certificate in addition to the certificate fee, but if multiple copies of the same certificate are ordered, the fee is only charged once. Fees are subject to change so check online for the latest postal charges and certificate costs.
Order NI marriage certificates online from the GRO. To use this service, a credit or debit card is required. A single certificate, regardless of type (long or short), costs £15. Ordering two or more certified copies of the same certificate at once costs £15 for the first copy and £8 for each additional copy. Adding the priority service costs £20. Fees are subject to change without prior notice.